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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Jul 12, 2010 5:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shows with good Phil

>It's definitely that lead style of playing, as you put it, that typifies Phil's contribution.>

I've often read it referred to as "lead style of playing," but I think of it more as a commentary or a conversation. To some extent that's what Jerry does, too, actually. When he's "noodling," he's elaborating on the main themes. So in that sense, Phil is also doing a "lead." But I find the conversation/reflection aspect interesting, which is why I like to hear everything together. So I like the energy of AUDs, but would probably go with SBDs if I could, cuz that's where you really hear everything better.

And anyone who says the others were Jerry's backup band doesn't have ears. Or they're responding to the stereotyped image of Jerry as Guru without really paying attention.

This post was modified by AltheaRose on 2010-07-12 12:44:00

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Poster: unclejohn52 Date: Jul 12, 2010 6:26am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shows with good Phil

Agree wholeheartedly with Rob - not the GD without Phil. He was instrumental to their improvisational style and led the charge (with Garcia) into the unknown realms and atonal sounds by virtue of his extensive music training. He was, and still is, the rock solid foundation of the sound. He'd be the first to say he had a bad night here and there, but I would challenge anyone to point out a "bad" Phil show - those are much more rare than a "good" Phil show.

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Poster: robthewordsmith Date: Jul 12, 2010 5:51am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Shows with good Phil

"And anyone who says the others were Jerry's backup band doesn't have ears."

Thank you, Althea. I couldn't agree more. Also with your point about Lesh and Garcia 'conversing' onstage. (And let's not forget Bob and Bill joining in too!)